The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.
George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)
Contributed by: Zaady
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
The public is wiser than the wisest critic.
If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
Westward the star of empire takes its way.
Source: Epigraph to Bancroft's History of the United States.
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
The charities of life are scattered everywhere, enameling the vales of human beings as the flowers paint the meadows. They are not the fruit of study, nor the privilege of refinement, but a natural instinct.
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